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Norman Kelly (listen) (born August 11, 1941) is a Canadian politician who was a City of Toronto councillor for over 36 years. He represented Ward 40 Scarborough—Agincourt for the years 2000-2018 and was a City of Scarborough Councillor for the years 1974-1980 and 1988–2000. Kelly served as acting Mayor of Toronto for the period November 18, 2013 to July 1, 2014.
Kelly in November 2014
|Toronto City Councillor for (Ward 40) Scarborough—Agincourt|
December 1, 2000 – December 1, 2018
|Preceded by||Sherene Shaw|
|Succeeded by||Jim Karygiannis|
|11th Deputy Mayor of Toronto[nb 1]|
August 21, 2013 – November 30, 2014
|Preceded by||Doug Holyday|
|Succeeded by||Denzil Minnan-Wong|
|Chair of the Scarborough Community Council|
December 1, 2006 – December 1, 2008
|Preceded by||Michael Thompson|
|Succeeded by||Michael Del Grande|
|Toronto City Councillor for Ward 14 Scarborough Wexford|
January 1, 1998 – November 30, 2000
|Preceded by||Ward Created|
|Succeeded by||Ward Abolished|
|Metro Toronto City Councillor for Ward 14 Scarborough Wexford|
December 1, 1994 – January 1, 1998
|Preceded by||Maureen Prinsloo|
|Succeeded by||City Amalgamated|
|Member of the Canadian Parliament|
for Scarborough Centre
February 18, 1980 – September 4, 1984
|Preceded by||Diane Stratas|
|Succeeded by||Pauline Browes|
August 11, 1941
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Residence||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
Kelly is a trained historian. He studied Canadian political history at the University of Western Ontario and attended Carleton University, earning an M.A., and Queen's University, where he began, but did not complete, a Ph.D. Among his most important accomplishments, Kelly undertook a two-year research project for the two best-selling books in the field of Canadian history: The National Dream and The Last Spike, written by Pierre Berton.
Kelly won the Governor General's Award for his work in The National Dream, which was transferred to television by the CBC as a popular, award-winning documentary series of the same name. Kelly was also a history teacher at Upper Canada College, a private school and A. Y. Jackson Secondary School, in Toronto.
Early political careerEdit
He was elected as a federal Member of Parliament (MP) for Scarborough Centre in the 1980 election, defeating Progressive Conservative (PC) incumbent Diane Stratas. Kelly was twice appointed Parliamentary Secretary: first, to the Ministry of Supply and Services and then to the President of the Treasury Board. In this latter capacity, Kelly was given the responsibility of guiding the Government's reorganization of its Crown Corporations, Bill C-124, through the House of Commons and its Committees. Kelly was also appointed in 1983 to the Special Committee on Visible Minorities in Canadian Society. This committee was charged with the responsibility of doing research on the status of visible minorities in Canadian society.
The report, Equality Now, contained 80 ground breaking recommendations aimed at protecting visible minority cultures in Canada while integrating their members into the Canadian mainstream. Kelly lost in the 1984 election, to the PC candidate, Pauline Browes. He attempted to win the Liberal nomination prior to the 1988 election, but quit the race when Odysseus Katsaitis emerged as the front runner. Prior to the 1993 federal election, he again tried for a Liberal nomination, but this time lost to John Cannis.
Campaign for mayorEdit
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In 1985, he ran for mayor of Scarborough, but lost to incumbent Gus Harris. Out of office, he worked as a real estate agent, first for Royal LePage and then for his own company. In 1988, he decided to again run for mayor, but this time lost by over 4,000 votes to Joyce Trimmer, the first woman elected mayor of Scarborough.
Return to councilEdit
In the 1994 municipal elections, he was elected to the Metro Toronto council from ward Scarborough/Wexford, defeating Michael Thompson. He emerged as one of the most right-wing members of the council, most noted for his attempt to eliminate all funding for multiculturalism programs during a mock council. Kelly took this stance as he views multicultural programs to further segregate rather than integrate diverse members of the Canadian community. The National Post newspaper once endorsed him, perhaps somewhat in jest, as "a solid anti-communist. Toronto needs his representation as a bulwark against the left." He also became one of the earliest advocates for merging the City of Toronto with five of its suburbs, an idea he pushed as Chair of the Intergovernmental Affairs Committee.
When the "megacity" was created, he was elected to the new Toronto city council. In the 2000 municipal election, redistricting merged Kelly and Tzekas' wards, leading to a bitter election battle between the two, which Kelly easily won. A firm ally of the new city's first mayor, Mel Lastman, his relations with Lastman's successor, David Miller, were less friendly. Kelly was one of five Councillors removed from the TTC board by council in March 2012 because of his support of mayor Rob Ford's subway plan as opposed to council's preferred LRT plan.
Acting Mayor for Toronto 2013-2014Edit
Following the controversy surrounding Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's admitted substance abuse and further allegations of inappropriate conduct, the Toronto City Council voted on November 15, 2013, and November 18, 2013, to remove the non-statutory mayoral powers from Ford and grant them to Kelly for the remainder of Ford's term. This was unprecedented as usually the Deputy Mayor's role is largely ceremonial.
On May 1, 2014, Kelly took over the remainder of Ford's duties when Ford entered drug rehabilitation and started a leave of absence from Toronto City Council. These powers were returned when Ford returned to his job on July 1. Even though Kelly had all the powers of the mayoral office for 3 months, Ford still technically held the title of Mayor, while Kelly was still referred to as the Deputy Mayor.
In the summer of 2015, Norm Kelly became an international internet sensation when he weighed in on the feud between Canadian rapper Drake and American rapper Meek Mill via Twitter. He has become the figure of several internet memes and has reached fame in the hip-hop community for his involvement in the feud. Through supporting Drake and posting humorous content to his account, Kelly gained a sizable Twitter following of well over 720,000. In September 2015, the nonprofit organization HackerNest presented Kelly with the "Nerd Champion" award for his support of the city's technology community.
Kelly was voted Canada's Most Valuable Tweeter for 2015 in a tournament held by Twitter Canada.
In addition to being a Twitter sensation, Kelly, also known as "6Dad," has his own line of clothing. It includes T-shirts, hoodies, and sweatpants featuring images of Kelly, the word "Dad" in different languages, and slogans such as "Too lit to politic." A portion of the proceeds are donated to charity.
Kelly's Twitter account went silent after a post on August 30th, 2019, which prompted some concern by the Twitter community, with some users speculating Kelly's inactive social media implying that Kelly might have retired or died without public notice. Both of these claims were found to be untrue, after a news release by toronto.com. It is known that Kelly remains in his home during his alleged retirement. On February 23th, 2021, Kelly's online presence reemerged, when he posted a new tweet, and later posted on Instagram.
|2010 Toronto election, Ward 40|
Unofficial results as of October 26, 2010 03:55 AM
|1984 Canadian federal election|
|Progressive Conservative||Pauline Browes||19,968||46.7||+10.2|
|New Democratic||Michael Prue||8,240||19.3||−3.2|
|Total valid votes||42,782||100.0|
|1980 Canadian federal election|
|Progressive Conservative||Diane Stratas||14,995||36.4||−7.0|
|New Democratic||Michael Prue||9,237||22.4||+0.3|
|Total valid votes||41,162||100.0|
- Certain powers usually assigned to the mayor were transferred to Kelly during a special meeting of city council on November 15, 2013.
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- "Ford scandal: Mayor takes leave after lewd audio, alleged drug video emerge". 680 News. Toronto, Ontario. May 1, 2014.
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- "Norm Kelly: deputy mayor of the internet | Toronto Life". Toronto Life. Retrieved 2015-11-18.
- Stevenson, Verity (2015-11-06). "@norm hits another milestone after meeting Drake, attending live rap battle and being a Halloween costume". The Toronto Star. ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved 2015-11-18.
- McBride, Jason (16 December 2015). "The Norm Show". Toronto Life. Toronto Life Publishing Company Limited. Retrieved 16 Dec 2015.
- "What were Norm Kelly's best Twitter posts of 2015? - CBC News". Retrieved 3 April 2018.
- "Meet '6 Dad', The Drake-Loving, Twitter-Beefing, Surrogate Father of Toronto". Fatherly. 2017-06-07. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
- @norm. "Teamwork is critical to happiness and success. Checked your 'team' lately?". Twitter.com. Retrieved February 25, 2021.
- Rider, David (November 7, 2019). "Ex-councillor Norm Kelly says too soon to say if he'll replace Jim Karygiannis, but won't rule it out". Toronto.com. Retrieved February 25, 2021.
- City of Toronto elections page Archived 2010-10-26 at the Wayback Machine